After more than two decades of using Shu Uemura makeup to tint his dreamy illustrations Karl Lagerfeld cherry-picked a selection of hues for the Japanese beauty firm’s special holiday collection.
“It was not easy to make a limited choice with all the things they have and do,” explained the designer. “It all was supposed to go with the doll I designed for them, the mood, the spirit.” He was referring to the little character he created with red eyes and a jet-black bob, dressed in Lagerfeld’s signature high white collar and black tie. Known affectionately as Mon Shu.
“I wanted to invent my personal vision of a Japanese manga,” he said. (manga are comics created in Japan). Some outer packaging includes the seemingly hand-scrawled initials SUKL (for Shu Uemura Karl Lagerfeld). “Blending the borderless creativity of Karl Lagerfeld to the makeup expertise of Shu Uemura, we believe this collaboration will bring fun, excitement and modernity to the brand,” said Vincent Nida, Shu Uemura’s general manager worldwide.